We get asked all the time about what laptops we recommend for video editing. This is a more difficult question to answer, because unlike a desktop, you are very limited in what upgrades and changes you can make after you buy it. So we are not going to recommend any specific models, but rather what brands of laptops we recommend and the model family they fit into.
We will update this list as we learn about new models and technology developments. For now, we're pretty confident you'll have a very good editing experience with any of the these choices. For professional work, on a deadline, that requires the very highest levels of stability and support, stick with either Apple Macbook Pro or HP Elitebook. If you're looking for value, and performance that goes beyond video editing and includes multi-media and gaming then the Toshiba Qosmio or Asus G74SX are excellent options for you. If you're stuck in the middle, then take a good look at the Dell M6600, it delivers close to the same specs and performance as HP at a significant savings.
Note: We offer these recommendations as guidelines for running the video editing software we carry. We did not test the laptops mentioned in this article, other then a Qosimo over a year ago. We used our vendors recommendations, feedback from our customers, and research we did on user groups, tech blogs, magazines and other sites on the internet. Videoguys does not sell laptops.
A nice succinct overview of the needs and options in laptop editing. A good article, Gary.
For those using the Adobe Creative Suite, I would move the HP to the top choice. The HP is an amazing machine, especially for those who can afford getting it with a Dreamcolor screen. Now that's a rocket!
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